USAID investments in protected areas and wildlife conservation not only protect natural resources, but also prevent and mitigate conflict. USAID’s work in South Sudan focuses on the sustainable management of livestock while protecting wildlife. Rural communities and groups, especially young pastoralist men who are susceptible to involvement in unrest, stand to benefit most. The program’s engagement with communities and government is helping to improve land use planning and zoning processing. This interaction also assists in identifying potential flashpoints for conflict, including disputes over grazing areas or land encroachment.
Last updated: September 23, 2016